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About WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync

Dropbox is one of the most famous cloud storage worldwide to help users automatically backup and sync files across all of your devices, whether computer, mobile or tablet, and keep them in the cloud. Also, it still integrates with My Cloud NAS to automatically sync files between both storages. Why do this?

  • Keep an exact copy of files for backup. WD My Cloud is far away from local disasters, but may still be exposed to physical damage, such as, hardware crashes. Therefore, it’s necessary to sync files from WD My Cloud to Dropbox.

  • Low power consumption and 24 hours standby. These are the common advantages of network attached storage. Also, you can build RAID to get faster speed if you have more spare disk.

How to Use WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync

Before starting any operation, you need to get the basic of My Cloud Dropbox app.

  • My cloud Dropbox app can be installed on My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Mirror Gen2, My Cloud EX2, My Cloud EX2 Ultra, My Cloud EX4 etc.

  • My Cloud is set up and configured with internet access.

  • Have a Dropbox account.

  • Support immediate sync, interval sync, selective sync, two-way sync.

  • The default local sync folder is /Public/Dropbox.

Then, let’s have a closer look at WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync, and I’ll take My Cloud EX2 Ultra as an example.

Step 1. Go to My Cloud dashboard. Then, click the Apps icon at the top location and find Dropbox, click Install and OK to install Dropbox on My Cloud system.

Install Dropbox

Step 2. Go to App Store and select Dropbox in the installed app list.

Select Dropbox

Step 3. Click Configure at the initial screen.

Configure

Step 4. Click Sign in, type email address and password of your WD My Cloud to log in with Dropbox. Click Allow when you are asked to authorize My Cloud device.

Sign In Dropbox

Step 5. Select and copy the authorization code below.

Copy Authorization Code

Step 6. Go back to My Cloud configuration window and paste the authorization code in the following box. Then, click Apply to save the changes.

Paste Authorization Code

Step 7. Now, the Dropbox sync has initiate. You can set sync settings in the Dropbox Settings and sync now, including Stop Syncing, Local Sync folder, Sync Interval, Dropbox Sync Folders etc.

Dropbox Sync

My Cloud Dropbox Sync Only Once

Although WD My Cloud Dropbox sync is very useful for users to always keep their files safe, it still has some flaws. My Cloud Dropbox Sync only once is one of the problems. Here is an example taken from Dropbox forum.

I have WD MyCloud Ex2 Ultra. I tried to Dropbox SYNC in the ex2 ultra and all of my files create date replaced with todays’ date. There is no different date on my files in the MyCloud storage and Dropbox, it just seems to make one time copy of it then no further updates. How can you fix this big issue? Thanks.

It’s said, this problem is caused by network file systems, because it does not send messages when files change. But Dropbox only start file sync when it receives the file update events. Don’t worry about it, you can fix it by moving the Dropbox folder to local drive, preferably the system partition. In addition, you can make use of a third-party file sync software like AOMEI Backupper Professional to do this.

Automatically Sync files between WD My Cloud and Dropbox

In the following, I’ll tell you how to backup Dropbox automatically with AOMEI Backupper Professional. Before that, let us take a look at this software.

  • Have an intuitive interface, so even novices can use it software smoothly.

  • Support Basic Sync, Real-Time Sync, Mirror Sync and Two-Way Sync.

  • Support automatic sync, including daily/weekly/monthly, event triggers, USB plug in.

  • Support multiple sync storage, such as, cloud drive like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, NAS like WD My Cloud, Seagate, external hard drive, flash drive, network drive etc.

Therefore, with the help of this professional software, you can automatically sync files to any device or between any two devices, Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. Then, launch it and select Two-Way Sync under the Sync tab.

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Two Way Sync

Step 2. Select folder on WD My Cloud for synchronization.

First, click + Add Folder on the main page of Two-Way Sync.

Add Folder

Then, in the pop-up window, click Share/NAS to continue.

Share Nas

Next, click Add Network Location and input the required info of WD My Cloud and click OK. After that, double-click the network attached storage and select the folder you want to sync.

Add Network Location

Step 3. Select Dropbox as destination path. 

In the first place, click the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive.

Select A Cloud Drive

Then, select Dropbox, double-click it to choose a specific folder.  

Select Dropbox

Step 4. Click Schedule and select sync settings for your task. 

Schedule Settings General

Tips:
◑ Don’t monitor the source folder name, otherwise this software will no longer sync files.
◑ It’s suggested to tick “Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks” if you set the sync task to off-peak hour.
◑ You are also allowed to sync local folder to Dropbox, sync folder to network drive, sync folders between computers, sync folder between drives, sync files between computer and flash drive etc.

Step 5. Click Start Sync >> to automatically sync files between WD My Cloud and Dropbox.

Schedule Sync

Notes: Except for two way data synchronization, you may also be interested in Real-Time Sync and Mirror Sync. Let's see it specifically.
Real-Time Sync: This feature can help users monitor files in real-time and sync any detected changes immediately, so your files is always up-to-date.
Mirror Sync: This feature can help users ensure files in destination are exactly the same as source directory. That’s to say, if someone adds a file to your destination mistakenly, it will be deleted at the next schedule.

Over to You

That’s all for WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync. Here are two available methods, one is to use My Cloud, the other is to use AOMEI Backupper Professional. But some users report the first software does not automatically sync files. Therefore, it’s recommended using the third-party software to do this. It makes thing simpler.

Also, it’s still has many useful features that can be used to secure your data and system, including system backup, disk backup, file backup, incremental/differential backup, event trigger backup, selective file restore, universal restore, create bootable media, etc. Any interest? Please download free trial to enjoy these features.